This course explores sound as a compositional and communicative medium. While digital sound production and culture is the primary focus of the course, we will cover a broad range of sound-related research and production practices in both digital and non-digital contexts. Drawing from a multidisciplinary mix of scholarship—including works from rhetoric and composition, sound studies, digital media studies, and sound art and design—we will examine the role of sound in a variety of texts, genres, objects, and environments. Students are expected to learn basic digital audio tools, platforms, and techniques for designing sonic projects. The main assignments for the course include an audio project about embodied listening experiences, a collaborative digital sound map, and a sonic object project, which involves designing a material thing that employs sound to enhance user experience. Students will also work in teams to produce an experimental final project that asks them to design a multisensory dining event.
[Header Photo by Sascha Kohlmann. CC BY-SA 2.0]